Hazards Planning Center

Planning Information Exchange

With a new award agreement granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the successful Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar series has been extended for two additional years, starting October 1, 2020. APA will continue to act as the lead in an agreement with FEMA, with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) as a partner. The quarterly webinars will continue to revolve around four central themes:

  • The information exchange focuses on all hazards.
  • The information exchange focuses primarily on mitigation planning but also its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.
  • APA and ASFPM act as co-conveners of all planning exchange webinars. This means that both organizations will use their respective web-based meeting platforms to set up, register, drive, facilitate, record, and provide technical support for all webinar meetings.
  • Planning exchange hosts select topics and commit to moderate, present, and lead the planning exchange webinars.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: A Primer for Planners and Floodplain Managers

December 15, 2021

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One of the most talked-about legislative actions of the year, the bipartisan infrastructure package was signed into law in November 2021. But how does the bill impact local floodplain managers and planners? What are the new federal funding opportunities around hazard mitigation? Our team of policy experts will examine the most important and impactful federal infrastructure funding passed as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

This PIE webinar will focus on policy implications of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, emphasizing options for hazard mitigation at the local level.

What You'll Learn

  • Learn about new federal funding opportunities for planners and floodplain management professionals
  • Understand critical aspects of the new legislations that could impact hazard mitigation at the local level

Samantha Medlock is senior counsel for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Meg Galloway is a senior policy advisor at ASFPM. Jason Jordan, AICP is the public affairs director at APA.

Meet the Presenters


Samantha Medlock

Samantha Medlock is senior counsel for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, supporting the Committee's work to advance climate science, adaptation, and resilience. Sam joined the Committee from a private sector role in climate risk management, insurance, and finance. Previously, Sam was senior advisor in the Obama White House, coordinating across the Executive Office of the President and the administration to reduce the risks and costs of climate change and disasters. She has more than 25 years of experience in environmental, land use, and disaster law and policy serving states, regional partnerships, and local governments. Sam is a Juris Doctor graduate with honors of Vermont Law School and earned a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude from Texas Woman's University. She served on the Advisory Committee for the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder, taught coursework in resilience finance at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law.


Meg Galloway

Meg Galloway joined the ASFPM policy team in 2019. In this role Meg provides input into national and state flood policy issues of importance to the Association and its mission. She also provides assistance to ASFPM chapters on state policy issues when requested and maintains relationships with partner organizations with issues of mutual interest. Meg's entire career has been focused on water resource management and public safety issues, primarily in the areas of floodplains and dams. Prior to joining ASFPM, she spent 29 years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the last 10 years managing the floodplain management, floodplain mapping and dam safety programs. Prior to that she worked for 8 years in the water resource group at an engineering consulting firm. Meg has a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin.


Jason Jordan, AICP

Jason Jordan is the Policy Director at APA, responsible for government affairs, advocacy, and policy efforts of the association. This includes development of APA policy guides, representation of APA with Congressional offices, Federal agencies and partner organizations, and management of advocacy networks and campaigns. Jason also provides strategic guidance to volunteer leaders on policy matters at the national, state and local level. As such, he provides an important perspective on key advocacy strategies regarding zoning reform.

View Past Webinars

View Presentations from Past Webinars

Previous webinars are available to be viewed anytime and anyplace shortly after their debut.

  • Addressing Urban Heat at Regional and Local Scales (October 15, 2021) CM | 1
  • The Law's the Limit: Sea Level Rise Adaptation and Local Government (September 3, 2021) CM | 1.5
  • Linking Conservation and the FEMA Community Rating System: Tools to Protect Habitat, Enhance Coastal Resilience and Reduce Flood (April 15, 2021) CM | 1.5
  • USACE Inundation Mapping (December 18, 2020) CM | 1
  • Planning for Wildfire: From Assessing Risk to Long Term Mitigation (November 20, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Visualization and Datasets for Flood Loss Reduction (October 27, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Increasing Our Resiliency to Urban Flooding (November 21, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards (August 15, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Go Green with GASB62! (April 25, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Flood Economics (February 13, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Current Research Topics in Disasters, Hazard Mitigation, and Resilience (October 9, 2018)
  • Flood Risk Reduction: Putting Planning Into Practice (July 18, 2018)
  • The Fire/Flood Dynamic: Linkages, Tools, and Actions (May 15, 2018)
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts (January 31, 2018)
  • Planning Integration for Resilience Scorecard (October 4, 2017)
  • Naturally Resilient Communities (May 30, 2017)
  • Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations (March 23, 2017)
  • Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (December 2, 2016)
  • State Resiliency Initiatives: From Issue to Action! (September 22, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Combining Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans (July 7, 2016)
  • Know Your Dam Risk! (May 6, 2016)
  • Adapting Urban Vacant Land to Mitigate Hazards (February 26, 2016)
  • Hazard Mitigation Implementation (December 10, 2015)
  • Hazards Planning and Resilience: The Elected Official's Perspective (October 19, 2015)
  • Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience (June 30, 2015)
  • The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery (May 6, 2015)